Pesto Chicken with Bruschetta

This Easy Pesto Chicken with Bruschetta is the perfect recipe for a weeknight meal that both kids and adults will love. Baked chicken breast, pesto, and fresh tomato bruschetta come together in an Italian inspired dish that is healthy and delicious.

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This recipe came to be when I was making my Air Fryer Bruschetta Recipe and realized that I needed a quick main dish as well to feed my family that night. Since I always have frozen chicken breast on hand, baked pesto chicken sounded perfect. To make it even better, I decided to add some of the fresh tomato bruschetta to the top of the chicken, and dinner was served!

Ingredient List for Pesto Chicken with Bruschetta

Pesto and Chicken

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, walnuts or almonds
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • more parmesan cheese for topping
raw chicken with pesto in a dish before baking

Bruschetta Topping

  • 6 medium tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp basil, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
bruschetta ingredients: tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar, salt, red pepper flakes

How to make pesto chicken and bruschetta

  1. Use store-bought pesto or make it. To make the pesto, place the basil leaves, garlic, and nuts in the food processor or blender and process until finely minced. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil as the processor is still going until smooth. Add the cheese and mix in completely. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Quickly cook the garlic in olive oil and then add all of the bruschetta ingredients to a bowl and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Prepare the chicken with salt, pepper, and pesto and bake for 15 minutes at 400º. Add shredded parmesan cheese to the top of the chicken and bake for another 5 minutes. Check the temperature of the chicken, remove from the oven, and allow it to cool slightly.
  4. Place a generous spoonful of the bruschetta on top of each chicken breast before serving.
baked pesto chicken with bruschetta and bruschetta on bread

Quick Tip: How to Defrost Chicken Quickly

One of the worst things to happen in the kitchen is defrosting meat in the microwave and having the edges start to cook. Maybe I’m the only one, but it makes chicken rubbery and not fun to eat. A better way to defrost chicken is in a sealed plastic bag in cold water. Not hot water, or you will have the same issue of the chicken starting to cook. If you plan ahead, this takes about 30 min/lb or so but it’s better than rubbery chicken.

chicken breasts in a plastic bag thawing in a bowl of water
baked pesto chicken with bruschetta on top
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Pesto Chicken with Bruschetta

Baked Chicken coated in pesto and topped with a fresh and healthy bruschetta that will make your basic chicken anything but boring!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword baked chicken breast, easy chicken dinner, fast and easy dinner, fresh tomatoes, healthy meal, kid friendly, pesto chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marniating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Author EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • oven-safe baking dish
  • mixing bowl
  • small food processor or blender

Ingredients

Pesto

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, walnuts or almonds
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Bruschetta Topping

  • 6 medium tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp basil, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Pesto Chicken

  • 4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 tbsp pesto
  • 4 tsp shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

Pesto

  • Place the basil leaves, garlic, and nuts in the food processor or blender and mix until finely minced. Slowly drizzle the olive oil in as the processor still going until smooth. Add the cheese and mix in completely. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can also use store-bought pesto.
    pesto in a food processor

Bruschetta Topping

  • Mince 2-3 garlic cloves and set aside. In a pan over medium-low heat, add 4 tbsp olive oil and allow the oil the heat up. Add the minced garlic cloves and cook quickly for about 1-2 minutes, just until you can smell the garlic and it becomes lightly browned. Don't burn it or it will be bitter. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
    garlic and olive oil heating in pan
  • While the garlic and oil are cooling, dice the tomatoes and slice up the basil into thin pieces. Place the tomatoes, basil, vinegar, salt, and red pepper flakes into the bowl and toss together. Add the garlic and oil from skillet and toss to combine. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow all of the flavors to combine.

Pesto Chicken

  • Preheat the oven to 400° and spray your baking dish with non-stick spray. Make sure the chicken breasts are fully thawed (if using frozen) and are all about the same size for even baking. Dry the chicken with a paper towel and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides. Brush about 1 tbsp of pesto sauce on top of each chicken breast. There is no need to get both sides, just the top.
    raw chicken with pesto in a dish before baking
  • Place the chicken in the oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle the top with the shredded parmesan cheese and bake for 5 more minutes. Always check chicken with a themometer, the chicken needs to be at 165° to be fully cooked.
    chicken with pesto and cheese in a baking dish
  • Remove the baking dish from the oven and allow the chicken to cool slightly before serving. Place each chicken breast on a plate and spoon on a generous amount of the bruschetta. Enjoy!
    baked pesto chicken with bruschetta on top

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